Longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century visible in the Netherlands

Eclipse Views

Eclipse Views

The Royal Astronomical Society said: 'Sometimes the eclipsed moon is a deep red colour, nearly disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright.

The super moons of the past few months have been hitting us hard, messing with our feelings, and leaving us feeling like absolute emotional wrecks.

Instead of going dark, the way the sunlight refracts around the Earth gives the moon a red colour as some of the sunlight entering Earth's atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon behind.

Lunar fans across the United Kingdom will be able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular event during which the moon's surface is stained red.

According to NASA, the partial eclipse will begin at 7.24 p.m. CET, with the total eclipse starting at 8.30 p.m. CET and ending at 10.13 p.m CET. South-eastern observers will be able to see the eclipse for somewhat longer than north-western ones.

Dr Brown added: "As the entire eclipse will occur when the moon is fairly close to the horizon, the main thing to ensure is that you have a clear sightline to the south east". Eastern time, according to Space.com.

After this, the moon will get deeper and deeper into the earths shadow.

"The blue light as it passes through the atmosphere is scattered more strongly, so you're left with the red light skimming over the Earth when the Earth is between the moon and the sun".

Eclipse Views
Eclipse Views

If you want to see what the eclipse will look like in your area, you can plug your location into NASA's Lunar Eclipse Explorer. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday.

The type and length of an eclipse depends on the moon's proximity to either node of its orbit.

EarthSky.org has a map showing more exact times.

"Solar eclipses are risky because observing the Sun directly can damage your eyesight, but the light from a lunar eclipse is much fainter and so is completely safe".

Onlookers will not need any special equipment to view the eclipse as it will be visible with the naked eye, although having binoculars or a telescope will make it more fun.

One of those promoting the idea that the Red Moon marks the end of the world is a pastor called Paul Begley, who is from Indiana.

It will shine its brightest between July 27th and 30th when the Sun, Earth, and Mars all line up, with Earth sandwiched in the middle of the other two. This occurs at the same time that Mars will reach one of its closest points to the Earth, about 35.9 million miles away.

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